We're headed into "The Cities" later to visit friends. There's a better than even chance that part of the drive will be accompanied by some version of Dylan's Girl from the North Country. Weather forecasters are telling us that we've reached that time of year Dylan wrote and sung about like this:
Well, if you go when the snowflakes stormMost of the weather models have most of the snow falling south of "The Cities." That's fine with me. I'm crossing my fingers that it warms up enough later in the week to melt whatever falls on Monday. Another Winter where the rest of the world suffers from global warming while Minnesota "enjoys" exceptional cold and snow is not on my Christmas list.
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds
early November snow
Photo by J. Harrington
Have you started to decorate for the holidays? While out driving around yesterday, I noticed a couple of houses that had wreathes up already. That surprised me. We usually wait until sometime around Thanksgiving before we start putting up lights and wreathes. By the way, based on recent reports on Chanel 5 (KSTP) and in social media, this Christmas season, if you're shopping in Minneapolis, be sure you don't point to anything you want. Even though it's not Ferguson, MO, the Minneapolis police might arrest you as a gang member whether you're white, black or an elected official. Meanwhile, we need to live through
November for Beginners
Snow would be the easyway out—that softeningsky like a sigh of reliefat finally being allowedto yield. No dice.We stack twigs for burningin glistening patchesbut the rain won’t give.
So we wait, breedingmood, making musicof decline. We sit downin the smell of the pastand rise in a lightthat is already leaving.We ache in secret,memorizing
a gloomy lineor two of German.When spring comeswe promise to actthe fool. Pour,rain! Sail, wind,with your cargo of zithers!
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.